How to Disinfect Your Washing Machine After Being Sick

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While your washing machine should be cleaned at least twice a year, it's also very important that you disinfect it after washing clothes, sheets, and towels used by people who have been sick. This tutorial will show you how to give your washing machine a deep clean in order to avoid cross-contaminating your laundry and spreading bacteria and germs.

How to Clean a Top Loading Washing Machine

Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart of chlorine bleach

  • 1 quart of distilled white vinegar

Step 1

Fill your washing machine with hot water.

Step 2

Add 1 quart of chlorine bleach.

Step 3

Run the longest wash and spin cycle.

This will allow the hot water and bleach to disperse throughout your washing machine and also rinse it well.

Step 4

Let your washing machine fill with hot water again.

Step 5

Add 1 quart of distilled white vinegar.

Step 6

Run the longest wash and spin cycle.

How to Clean a Front Loading Washing Machine

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach

  • Clean cloth

Step 1

Add 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach to the detergent dispenser. If your washing machine has a bleach dispenser, fill it up as well.

Step 2

Run the longest washing cycle on hot or warm water.

Step 3

Use a clean cloth to wipe down the inside of the door, gaskets, and rubber ring to remove any moisture and bacteria that may have been left behind.


Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.

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